v/a - eccentric soul vol.11; smart's palace - numero group - vinylNUMERO 027LP - 50647 - us2lp - €21.99
Genre: Funk / Soul
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Smartís Palace was anything but royal. Beyond the bloodlines of the Smart Brothers and their jester brother Leroy, the only kings and queens to be discovered there were JB and Aretha playing on the Wurlitzer. However, between 1963 and 1975 the club held court for the entire Wichita, Kansas, soul scene. At its heart was Dick Smart, bassist, club owner, DJ, record store owner, promoter, and sole proprietor of the Solo label. Collected here for the first time are the story and the songs that came out of this thriving, if not totally unknown scene. Housed in Numeroís signature slipcase, the 19-track disc features Theron & Darrell, Baby Neal, Chocolate Snow, L.T. & The Soulful Dynamics, Fred Williams & The Jewels Band, and The Hard Road. On labels like Solo, Kanwic, Vantage, and Lee-Mac, all fully annotated with a ransom of pictures, posters, and ephemera fit for a king. Check!